NEWARK N.J – Former Regional Director for the Governor Christie’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) Christopher Stark took the stand on Wednesday to testify in the Bridgegate trial. During his testimony, the former aide described a 2012 conversation where New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told Republican Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley that he would “f–king destroy” him.
According to Stark, the conversation came in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when Curley left Stark a message calling the governor a “fat f–k” and claimed that he was wrongly taking credit for Sandy recovery efforts. During Stark’s testimony, he said that the governor promptly responded to Curley.
Stark testified that Christie told Curley: “Who the f–k do you think you are calling me a fat fuck? I’m the f–king governor of this state.”
Stark also said that Christie ordered Curley to be at an event in Keansburg the following day or that he would “f–king destroy” him. Stark mentioned robo calls as a way for Christie to retaliate against Curley, who was seeking re-election.
According to the Asbury Park Press, Curley confirmed that the conversation occurred. He later apologized to Christie, the freeholder said. Curley said that he and Christie have had little contact since the exchange and that the governor has not worked against him politically.
The exchange between Christie and Curley came to light during testimony on the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal where three local access lanes of the George Washington Bridge were reduced to one allegedly as punishment for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich’s failure to endorse Christie for re-election.